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Vote Now for the Member Benefits Director of your choice

 

Member Benefits Director

This is a brand-new position approved by ATRA’s membership. This Director's portfolio includes the Awards program, assisting with the Bursary programs and the Economic Hardship program.  It includes promotion of private TR practice as well as researching vendor discounts. This position is initially a 1-year term starting in 2020.  It will become a regular 2-year term in 2021 following nominations and elections.

Good to Know 

ATRA's Professional Members will receive an email with a link to the online Voting Station. If you have not received an email and feel you are eligible to vote please send an email to vicepresident@alberta-tr.ca.  Your membership status will be verified prior to sending the link to vote.  Please note, ATRA's Online Voting Station will only allow each member to vote once.   

 

 

Introducing your Member Benefits Director Nominees –

We are pleased and excited to announce that we have two nominees for ATRA’s newest position, the Member Benefits Director.  We appreciate both of these members agreeing to volunteer their time on the board and we wish them the best of luck in the voting process.  Please take time to read through the candidate’s biographies and then complete your vote.

Glenn Skimming

 

Volunteer, paid, professional or community based that pertains to the Member Benefits Director's office. 

     I have been a practicing Recreation Therapist since 2003 and have worked in the Community, Long Term Care, and Supportive Living and have recently become the Coordinator of two Adult Day Programs in Edson and Hinton.  I am currently serving on the CTRA board as its Marketing Director, have developed partnerships with Sagamore/Venture publishing, Room 217 Music Care as well as with Fit Minds for CTRA members.  I have been both a Chapter Chair, Symposium Co - Chair 2010/11 and 2015/16 and was Sponsorship Chair CTRA National Conference Banff 2014. In 2015 I was elected as CTRA Marketing Director NFLD, have supported National Conferences in Ontario 2016, Kelowna 2017, Halifax 2018, and in Quebec City 2019.

Please explain why you wish to be considered for a position on the ATRA Board of Directors.

     I have always believed in giving back to my profession as a volunteer.  I have learned so much as a CTRA board member, chapter chair and Symposium and conference organizing member that it has been a way for me to network with new and current practicing Recreation Therapists.

 

Daniele Stewart-Zalazar

Volunteer, paid, professional or community based that pertains to the Member Benefits Director's office.

     I have been the Recreation Therapist with the Young Adult Unit at Alberta Hospital Edmonton since 2012 when the program first started. Through this position I have sat on the Special Events Committee which allowed me to help plan and implement meaningful events to our clients. I have also had the opportunity to work with volunteers through our Pet Therapy program and Inner Peace Program which provided our clients with a Yoga program.

     Since being a professional member with ATRA I have had the responsibility of being preceptor to 8 Recreation Therapy Students from different Colleges and Universities.

     My volunteer experience is very broad, and I feel strongly that I was able to contribute to people in need. I volunteered for Homeward Trust in helping homeless individuals during the Homeless Connect event in Edmonton. With Habitat for Humanity I worked at a new home site for individuals in need seeking housing. Also, with the Multicultural Family Resource Center I volunteered at a Casino event for the non-profit organization. I especially enjoyed coaching a U-12 Girls Soccer team with the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association.

Please explain why you wish to be considered for a position on the ATRA Board of Directors.

     I would love the opportunity to support ATRA as the Member Benefits Director because I believe I could provide the varied programs through my 10 years’ experience of being a registered Recreation Therapist. I also believe I would have a strong understanding and awareness of how to support our profession and Recreation Therapists through the Bursary Program and Economic Hardship program. I feel my knowledge base of volunteer coordination, event planning, and strong understanding of Therapeutic Recreation would play an important role.